Classically trained Frenchman Yann Tiersen is probably best known in the U.S. for composing the soundtrack for the movie Amelie. His score which weaved together piano, accordion, strings, various toy instruments, even typewriters and drew from European folk and classical melodies and textures was at turns whimsical, breezy, buoyant, and bittersweet, and really was the perfect accompaniment to all those saturated colors, the films imaginative premise, and star Audrey Tautous magnetic performance. Tiersen whose musical tastes also include semi-standard rock and experimental ambient minimalism (hes fond of futzing with found sounds) has made several solo albums, done other soundtracks, and collaborated with the likes of Cocteau Twins singer Elizabeth Fraser and Tindersticks Stuart Staples. If tonights show is anything like his recorded material, it should be quite magical and mesmerizing.
Tue., April 28, 8 p.m., 2009